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  • EPA Establishes New Health Advisories for PFAS

    Earlier this month, EPA set new lifetime health advisories for four per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – in some instances at levels lower than those that can be detected through laboratory testing. The new health advisories are listed below: PFAS Health Advisory (in parts per trillion) PFOA (perflurooctanoic acid) 0.004 ppt PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid)...

  • Property Valuation Issues Are Ill-Suited for Class Certification According to the Sixth Circuit

    A recent Sixth Circuit case addressed an issue that tends to arise frequently in various types of class actions, such as property insurance and environmental cases: whether property valuation issues are appropriate for class treatment. The answer here was “no,” and the opinion could be useful to defendants in other contexts. Tarrify Properties, Inc. v....

  • Karakurt Extortion Group Auctions Data for Ransom

    On June 2, 2022, CISA (the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), the FBI, the Department of the Treasury and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a joint Cybersecurity Alert warning companies of the Karakurt Team/Karakurt Lair extortion group, which has “employed a variety of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), creating significant challenges for defense and...

  • FBI Warns Higher Ed Sector of Compromised Credentials on Dark Web

    In a recent Private Industry Notification to the higher education sector, the FBI warned that U.S. college and university credentials are being advertised “for sale on online criminal marketplaces and publically [sic] accessible forums.” The Notification warns that the exposure of credentials and network access information, “especially privileged user accounts, could lead to subsequent cyber-attac

  • San Diego Family Care Settles Data Breach Class Action for $1 Million

    Recently, San Diego Family Care (SDFC) settled a class action related to a 2020 data breach for $1 million. The class includes all SDFC patients (or their parents/guardians) who received a breach notification in May 2021. SDFC offers patients primary care services as well as dental and mental health care, has eight health centers in...

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Settles Data Breach Class Action for $450,000

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) recently settled a data breach class action for $450,000 stemming from a 2020 data breach that led to the compromise of about 36,000 UPMC patients. UPMC is a Pennsylvania medical center and medical insurer. From April to June 2020, UPMC’s legal counsel, Charles J. Hilton PC, suffered a...

  • Supreme Court Decides in Favor of 340B Hospitals Regarding Medicare Reimbursement Methodology

    On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of “340B” hospitals in a notable statutory interpretation case concerning how the federal Medicare program reimburses hospitals for prescription drugs. The case, which was brought by the American Hospital Association, arises from reimbursement reductions imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services...

  • Manufacturing Contracts: Considerations for Dispute Resolution Clauses

    Over the years, I have written a lot about manufacturing disputes and how to resolve them short of litigation. The first step often is looking at what the parties have agreed to in any applicable contracts about how to notify, assess, and potentially resolve disputes. As a general matter, dispute resolution clauses are often more...

  • Webinar—Union Organizing is Rising Significantly: Are Your Supervisors Ready?

    With pro-union sentiments at heights not seen in decades and a union-friendly political climate, union representation petitions are up 57 percent. Employers should understand the significance of unionization and ensure their businesses, operations, and supervisors are ready. At noon on Tuesday, June 14, Robinson+Cole will host a webinar where Labor and Employment Group lawyers Natale...

  • “Well frens, it happened to me;” Actor’s Stolen NFTs Highlight Uncertainties for NFT Artwork

    Actor and comedian Seth Green, best known for creating Robot Chicken and portraying Dr. Evil’s son in the Austin Powers franchise, announced on Twitter last month that phishers stole his four “Bored Ape” NFTs. Let’s break down that mouthful: NFTs are a blockchain technology that creates indisputable ownership records that the art world has embraced...

  • Automakers’ Lawsuit Opposing Updates to Massachusetts’ Right to Repair Law Lingers On

    It has been over 18 months since Massachusetts voted to approve an update to the state’s ‘right to repair’ law [view related post], however, the changes have still not gone into effect. Why? Well, the automakers’ lawsuit that seeks to block the law is still making its way through the U.S. District Court. Alliance for...

  • Massachusetts Appeals Court Strictly Construes Prompt Payment Act

    On June 7, 2022, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an opinion of first impression regarding the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act, G.L. c. 149 § 29E (the “Act”).  In Tocci Building Corp. v. IRIV Partners, LLC, Appeals Ct. Nos. 21-P-393, 21-P-733, the Appeals Court affirmed the decision of the Superior Court which held that when an...

  • FTC Takes Action to Block Hospital Transactions in Utah and New Jersey

    On June 2, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission announced a pair of antitrust enforcement actions to block pending health system transactions that, according to it, would harm competition in the provision of inpatient general acute care hospital services. First, the FTC authorized filing of an administrative complaint and accompanying federal lawsuit in opposition to a...

  • New York State Legislature Passes Act Enacting Moratorium on For-Profit Hospices

    On June 2, 2022, the New York State Legislature passed A08472, “An Act to Amend the Public Health Law, in Relation to the Establishment, Incorporation, Construction, or Increase in Capacity of For-Profit Hospice” (“the Act”). The Act prohibits the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) of the New York Department of Health (DOH) from...

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Against Private Right of Action in Privacy Legislation

    Although the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) “strongly urges Congress to pass durable, bipartisan national privacy legislation that protects all Americans equally,” it will “strongly oppose legislation that fails to provide meaningful preemption or any proposal that creates a blanket private right of action,” according to a letter sent to Senators yesterday. The letter...

  • Draft CPRA Regulations Aim to Streamline Opt-Out Processes

    On Friday, the newly created California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) issued its first proposed regulations under the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The proposed rules have drawn criticism for requiring companies to treat browser-based “Do Not Track” signals as consumers asserting their opt-out rights. This rule came as a surprise to many observers because, as...

  • Connecticut Expands OHS Authority

    As we have previously written on, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed into law the state’s budget as Public Act 22-118 (Act), which makes various changes to the Connecticut statutes. Among the changes, the Act expands the authority of Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy (OHS). The Act requires OHS to develop and adopt annual health...

  • CAFA Appeals Cannot Address Other Jurisdictional Issues, According to the Fifth Circuit

    The Fifth Circuit recently addressed the scope of appellate jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). CAFA allows federal courts of appeals to hear, on a discretionary basis, appeals from “an order of a district court granting or denying a motion to remand a class action.” 28 U.S.C. § 1453(c)(1). The Fifth Circuit has...

  • Verizon’s 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report: A Must Read

    I love Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). I have pored over its content every year since its inception in 2008. (Just goes to show how long I have been working on data breaches.) It is always written in language that is easy to understand, not super techy, and provides a great summary of...

  • U.S. Customs Agency Issues Guidance on Jones Act Compliance in Connection with Offshore Wind Projects

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a ruling stating that the Jones Act does not apply to several specific offshore wind activities, which permits those activities to be performed by foreign vessels. One of the complicating factors to offshore wind development in the United States is the applicability of the Jones Act, and...

  • Connecticut Enacts Legislation Making Various Changes to Public Health Laws

    Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed into law Public Act No. 22-58, “An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health’s Recommendations Regarding Various Revisions to the Public Health Statutes” (the Act). The Act is an omnibus bill that includes a number of notable updates to state laws concerning health care and hospitals, certain of which...

  • Data Breach Class Action Against Radiology Companies Dismissed for Lack of Standing

    Last week, New York federal judge Vincent L. Bricetti dismissed a data breach class action against Northeast Radiology PC (Northeast) and Alliance HealthCare Services (Alliance) because the plaintiffs failed to allege a cognizable injury. In July 2021, Jose Aponte II and Lisa Rosenberg filed suit alleging that Northeast and Alliance failed to protect their sensitive...

  • Chicago Public Schools Notifying Students and Staff of Vendor’s Ransomware Attack

    The Chicago Public Schools system is in the process of notifying students, families and some current and former employees that their personal information was compromised as a result of a ransomware attack against a technology vendor, Battelle for Kids. According to the notification letter, parents of students who attended a Chicago public school between 2015...

  • Privacy Tip #333 – Chatbots Used to Steal Credentials

    I am not a huge fan of using chatbots, as I never end up getting my questions fully answered. I get the efficiency of using a chatbot for simple questions, but my questions are usually not so easily resolved, so I end up completely frustrated with the process and trying to find a human being...

  • FTC Adopts Policy Statement to Increase Scrutiny for COPPA Violations

    On May 19, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) adopted the “Policy Statement on Education Technology and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act” (COPPA), which calls for increased scrutiny for violations of COPPA by education technology companies. The FTC said in its statement: The [FTC] is committed to ensuring that education technology (“ed tech”) tools...

  • Connecticut Makes Significant Changes to its Collaborative Drug Therapy Laws

    As part of Connecticut’s budget implementer bill (Act) signed into law earlier this month, the state made significant revisions to its laws concerning collaborative drug therapy management agreements between pharmacists and certain prescribing practitioners to expand the (1) types of permitted arrangements; (2) prescribers eligible to participate in the collaborative arrangements with pharmacists;

  • MA SMART Program: New Guidelines for Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units

    On May 15, 2022, the latest revision of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)  Guideline Regarding the Definition of Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units (Guideline) for the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program took effect. The Guideline supplements the SMART Program regulations (225 CMR 20.000), provides guidance on how a Solar Tariff Generation Unit...

  • Connecticut Expands Advanced Practice Providers’ Scope of Practice to Include Certain Forms of Abortion

    Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed legislation to expand the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), nurse-midwives, and physician assistants (PAs) to perform certain forms of abortion. Effective July 1, 2022, APRNs, nurse-midwives, and PAs (in addition to physicians) are permitted to perform medication and aspiration abortions under and in accordance with...

  • Connecticut Prohibits No-Hire Provisions in Homemaker and Home Health Agency Contracts

    As previously addressed on this blog, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed into law the state’s fiscal year 2023 budget (HB5506) (Act). Among other things, the Act prohibits homemaker-companion or home health agencies from contractually preventing their clients from hiring agency employees. The Act deems such “no-hire” clauses as against public policy. Specifically, effective on...

  • Union Representation Petitions Are Up 57 Percent, but That’s Not All!

    This week we are pleased to have a guest post by Robinson+Cole Labor and Employment Group lawyers Natale V. DiNatale and Kayla N. West. Americans view labor unions more favorably than they have in decades, and the recent shift in support seems to be yielding results.  The private sector unionization rate was just 6.1 percent in 2021, and Union...

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